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New East Moline Budget Nearly Finished


With the deadline still several weeks away the East Moline city council is ready to approve a new budget. Monday night, aldermen will consider a tax levy and budget for the fiscal year beginning January lst.

City administrator Cole O'Donnell is recommending total spending of 43 million dollars with projected revenue now at about 40 million. 
The city could also use some of its reserve funds to make up for the deficit. 

Still to be decided by East Moline aldermen is a rate hike for the sewer plant fund - without it he says the fund will be 700,000 dollars in the red next year.

O'Donnell is proposing an increase in the property tax levy for next year of 1 1/2 per cent, or 3 cents per 100 dollars assessed value for East Moline home owners. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.